Photos of emission and reflection neblua


The next China Lake Astronomical Society meeting will be held on Jan. 7, at the Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores Ave., at 7:30 p.m.

The January program will consist of photographs of emission and reflection nebula taken by Michael Stecker and published with Bernard Abram in “Structures in Space.” Abram is the education director of the Place Group in Gloucester, England, and the co-author of many publications about basic astronomy. Strecker is a physician in Los Angeles who became interested in astrophotography in the mid 1980s.

There will be no star parties until March 2113.

Celestial Calendar

1. Venus remains in the morning sky; however, it continues to fade into the morning twilight and will only be faintly visible in the southeastern sky by the end of the month.

2. Jupiter, just past opposition, will be a fine viewing object all night long. Look for it in the east-northeast after sunset.

3. Saturn remains in the morning sky where it rises about 2:30 a.m. at the start of the month and about 12:30 a.m. at the end of the month. Look for it in the southeast after it rises.

4. Mars remains very low in the evening sky this month. Look for it in the southwest as soon as it gets dark.

5. The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on the morning of Jan. 3. Look for them in the east-northeast that morning.

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For more information, call the China Lake Astronomical Society at 760-375-1181 or 760-677-1143.

Story First Published: 2013-01-02